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Queen Anne when Princess of Denmark

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Queen Anne when Princess of Denmark

by Isaac Beckett, published by Edward Cooper, after Willem Wissing
mezzotint, 1683-1688
12 7/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (326 mm x 250 mm) plate size, small margins
Purchased, 1944
Reference Collection
NPG D11627

Sitterback to top

  • Queen Anne (1665-1714), Reigned 1702-14. Sitter associated with 74 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • Isaac Beckett (1652 or 1653-1688), Engraver. Artist or producer associated with 184 portraits.
  • Edward Cooper (died 1725), Printseller. Artist or producer associated with 169 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
  • Willem Wissing (1656-1687), Portrait painter. Artist or producer associated with 147 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

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Events of 1683back to top

Current affairs

Rye House Plot, a conspiracy to murder the king and his heir, James, Duke of York, is leaked to the government by minor conspirator, Josiah Keeling. Arrests follow; some conspirators are executed, others pardoned while several flee the country.
Worst ever recorded frost in England freezes the Thames.

Art and science

England's first public museum, the Ashmolean Museum, is opened by Oxford University to house a substantial collection donated by the Antiquary, Elias Ashmole.

International

Financial constraints forces Charles II to decide to relinquish Tangiers, an English possession since 1661, unable to continue its defence against the Moors. Admiral, George Legge, Baron Dartmouth, is commissioned to oversee the port's demolition. Diarist, Samuel Pepys accompanies Dartmouth as his secretary during the expedition.

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